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Video poker interests get organized

3 years 4 months 3 weeks ago May 05, 2013 May 5, 2013 Sunday, May 05 2013 May 05, 2013 11:16 AM in News
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - Video poker interests in Louisiana are organizing to fight possible taxes on the devices.

The Advocate reports that's a chief goal of the new Louisiana Video Gaming Association.

Organization president Stan Guidroz says video poker operators want to be sure legislators don't raise taxes on them but not on riverboats and other casinos.

Guidroz is a vice president for Jacobs Entertainment Inc.

Truckstops now pay a tax of 32.5 percent on gambling revenue, the state's highest gambling tax, Guidroz says. Bars and restaurants pay 26.5 percent.

Local governments get 25 percent of the taxes.

Guidroz says riverboats, racinos and Harrah's New Orleans Casino pay lower rates.

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